ERIE, MI (May 20, 2018) – “Kid Rocket” Chase Ridenour, from Perry, Michigan, used a lot of speed and a little luck to win the much-anticipated Hog Creek Showdown at Butler Motor Speedway Saturday night. The first appearance of the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP at Butler saw a huge crowd enjoy great racing while many other speedways suffered rain outs.
The youth movement led qualifying with Ridenour fastest overall, Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) was fastest in his heat group and Onsted, Michigan’s Boston Mead was fastest in his heat group.
Quentin Blonde backed up his heat group quick time by charging to the Engler Machine & Tool heat win over early leader Dan McCarron. Andy Teunessen, in the Home Pro Roofing Maxim, held off Ridenour to win the COMP Cams heat race. Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti took the RockAuto.com heat over Mead.
With twenty-seven cars, competition was stout in the B-main to make the feature. Brad Lamberson, Mark Aldrich, Thomas Schinderle, Ricky Ferkel, and Justin Ward transferred to the feature.
Ridenour, in the seat of his father’s Maxim, worked his way from his fifth starting spot to second, and on lap six after a brief caution, charged around early leader Boston Mead. Mead did his best to retake the lead, but Ridenour eventually drove off, leaving Mead to finish second. Ridenour sliced through traffic and opened up his lead until lap 23 when disaster nearly struck. Ridenour had to take evasive action to avoid a lapped car in turn four that got out of shape and, in spite of contact, kept his cool and his lead over Mead. Ridenour then charged to the win followed by Mead, Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti, and Dan McCarron.
Brad Lamberson, in the Kirkendall GFI, charged from the sixteenth starting spot to finish seventh, earning the KSE Hard Charger Award. Joe Swanson had a frustrating night, dropping out of the feature early, earning the Allstar Performance Better Luck next Time Award. Josh Turner and Ryan Ruhl saw decent runs evaporate when they had to go to the work area for tire changes.
Qualifying – Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each
|Engler Machine & Tool Heat||13.521||5QB||Quentin Blonde|
|COMP Cams Heat||13.201||11R||Chase Ridenour|
|RockAuto.com Heat||13.398||27B||Boston Mead|
|Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1|
|3||7J||Joe Swanson||Benic Enterprises|
|4||10s||Jay Steinebach||Racing Optics|
|COMP Cams Heat #2|
|3||5b||Chad Blonde||Benic Enterprises|
|4||4T||Josh Turner||Racing Optics|
|RockAuto.com Heat #3|
|3||77z||Zane DeVault||Benic Enterprises|
|1||11R||Chase Ridenour||Rod End Supply|
|2||27B||Boston Mead||Jim Coffey & Son||Rod End Supply|
|3||5b||Chad Blonde||Rod End Supply|
|4||7||Shawn Valenti||Schoenfeld Headers|
|5||22M||Dan McCarron||ATL Racing Fuel Cells|
|9||5QB||Quentin Blonde||King Racing Products|
|11||49T||Gregg Dalman||Keizer Aluminum Wheels|
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Brad Lamberson
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Zane DeVault
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Josh Turner
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Joe Swanson
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Joe Swanson
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